Coca-Cola HBC invests 30 million euros in an Italian bottling plant

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Coca-Cola HBC Italia plans to reopen its Gaglianico site in Biella and plans to invest 30 million euros in the factory.

The investment will be used to convert the plant into an innovative facility, capable of transforming up to 30,000 tonnes of PET per year into new 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles for the company’s beverages.

The site, which will span 18,000 square meters, will be powered by 100% renewable energy and will employ over 40 direct employees when fully operational.

The latest investment adds to the more than 100 million euros invested in sustainability initiatives by the company in Italy over the past 10 years.

Concrete action

It is also another concrete action to meet the requirements of the European directive on single-use plastic (known as the UAS directive), which came into force on January 14 in Italy.

The directive requires the use of at least 30% recycled PET in the production of new bottles by 2030.

The Gaglianico site will make it possible to exceed this objective thanks to a two-step plan.

The first stage will be completed by March, when the plant will begin the process of transforming the resin, both virgin and recycled, into preforms which will be transformed into bottles through a special blowing process.

The second stage will become operational after the approval of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), expected in July.

“A true circular economy”

Frank O’Donnell, Managing Director of Coca-Cola HBC Italia, said: “Despite the difficulties of our sector linked to the pandemic and the nightmare of the tax on sugar and plastic which remain confirmed, we continue to invest and do our part to move towards a true circular economy in the country and contribute to the socio-economic development of a region to which we are particularly attached.

“We are proud to be able to give this plant a second life and we hope that EFSA approval will arrive soon to make it fully operational as soon as possible.”

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